By Megan Hillenmeyer


Maria Montgomery knows health & beauty. After all, it is part of her job. Lucky for her, Maria had an interest in her health before she signed with Ford Models. “I’ve always been a health-nut. I just love the science behind nutrition and exercise. But that doesn’t mean that I wake up eager to work out every day! Besides keeping me feeling at my best, the obvious motivation is my job.”

Locals might recognize Maria as the on court entertainment host for UK basketball or as Bob Allen Motormall’s spokesperson. Maria’s impressive list of national clients includes beauty, fitness and swimwear brands like Pantene, Maybelline, Victoria’s Secret, Jockey, Nike and more.  Given her clientele, Maria explains, “Being lean isn’t good enough. Muscle tone is imperative since swimsuit season is year around for me,”

Managing to stay fit while always on the road takes serious commitment. When Maria is in town, she attends local group fitness classes. “I love that classes prevent me from procrastinating on my workout since they start at a specific time,” she says. However, attending classes regularly is easier said than done. Maria often gets booked the day before a photo shoot and hops on a plane within hours’ notice. Early shoots, late flights and constantly changing time zones can make scheduling workouts challenging.  “I began streaming Beach Body on Demand on my iPad.  It has hundreds of short workout videos. There is literally something for everyone and I’m able to do them in my hotel room easily,” she says.

“At the end of the day it’s most important how I feel, and when I choose to be active, I simply feel stronger, more at peace and more energetic.”

Hair and skin care are equally important in the modeling industry. Maria swears by her monthly facial at Prive Med Spa. “It really helps keep my skin bright, exfoliated, and able to take on endless makeup at shoots,” she says. “With work, my hair is constantly getting damaged with heat styling multiple times a day. So on my days off, you’ll see me in leggings, without makeup, and rocking my crazy, wavy air-dried hair. I think it’s important to let your skin and hair have time to breath!” says Maria.

When asked how Maria defines beauty, she said, “Overall, I’m instantly drawn to warm, joyful, natural, and confident people. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a good hair style, but nothing can draw you in  more than a genuine smile with a heart of gold to back it up.” Maria definitely has that.